Jeff, I made this its own discussion so it can properly and directly be addressed.
SSI does not undermine quality research and I do not say this because I am one of their long term technical writers. I say this because the persons at SSI run a very professional organization, and that counts.
Jeff, you provided no evidence supporting your position. You just declared it as if it was a regal degree.
Simply scan their home page and you know there is no dedication to 'quality research'. It's filled with them republishing press releases, like so:
And their recent focus on sharing surveillance video for entertainment:
Do you even look at the type of research we do? Just yesterday, e.g., Resolution Usage Statistics 2018 - Moving Up From 1080p and Hanwha Wave VMS Tested are ordinary things for us but far beyond what SSI ever does.
Finally, as for SSI's professionalism, SSI has so little shame that they are running a 'partner series' with manufacturers, like Dahua below:
That's an egregious conflict of interest and it shows in their reporting as they continuously avoid negative reporting on major news event like the Dahua hacking, the Hikvision backdoor, the Hikvision WSJ report / US Army base, etc. While this helps and supports their advertisers, it hurts their readers and the industry because they censor important industry information.
Most magazines are publishers that make money off of their advertisers. Just like the New York Times, just because SSI gets paid advertising does not mean that they fail in what they do. To the contrary, the substance of what they provide to the industry is invaluable and the same holds true for SDM Magazine as well.
I have been reading these magazines for decades, and up to date, they are relevant and very valuable. I do not need anymore than my own personal experience to support my opinions. All persons who do not support my position have likely not read the magazines and if you do read the magazines, then why are you still doing same if you truly do not believe that that SSI runs a very professional organization?
I remember when Consumer Reports tested the Radio Shack Alarm System and said it was very good. (Not verbatim) It was wrong then and nothing has changed. All of the independent testing in the world does not change hands-on experience in the field.
Please feel free to do your own research. Both SDM and SSI are critically important to the alarm industry. I do not need a critical article about any entity to change their worth to me and the tens of thousands of readers who read same.
New from SSI:
Perhaps watching a guy have a battery explode in his face is funny to some but what is the value or relevance to professional security people? And this is SSI's weekly series, not a random post.
More 'professionalism' from SSI.
Nest IQ has made SSI's list of: 7 4K Security Cameras for Every Application. The problem is that the Nest IQ is not a 4K camera at all. Nest knows this, that's why they don't refer to it as a '4K camera' but as having a '4K sensor'.
Despite this, SSI wrongly declares:
So, the Nest IQ is not a 4K camera. Moreover, any true 4K camera can provide the zoom capabiities of Nest's 4K 'zoom'. The benefit of real 4K cameras is that they provide true 4K resolution and digital zoom, not just a 1080p insert / zoom sub-section from a 4K sensor.
Since very few people actually read SSI, such an error is something I would normally just ignore but for the benefit of Jeff, I share.
Jeff, I am sure you will be pointing out my lack of industry credentials as a counterargument to the fundamental facts of the matter. Please do, sir.
You gotta give SSI a break, here is a very relevant article (yes this is 2018) about moving from analog to ip video written by the product manager of the top ip mfg - Pelco:
Jeff, are you by any chance related to a "Marty"?
This was incredibly entertaining to read. Maybe IPVM should have a weekly guest commenter/troll that just comes in and argues inanely with everyone, misses sarcasm, and makes increasingly circular arguments.
Prior to this thread I don't believe I have ever looked at SSI. Interesting thing I noticed - if I turn on ad-blocker the website is a blank page.
It’s worth every cent I paid for it ;)
Ads or lack thereof do not define the organization; their members and what they actually provide to the industry and do and/or in some cases do not provide is what is important to focus on. The competency of each member also needs to be taken into consideration.
NOTICE: This comment has been moved to its own discussion: Ads Or Lack Thereof Do Not Define The Organization
SSI is a monthly trade publication. As to memberships I am referring to ASIS International, NFPA, CSAA, now known as the Monitoring Association, the Security Industry Association, AFAA and ASCET. There are many more but this is a staring place. In some of these organizations they have specialty interest groups.
So,... when should I expect to start seeing daily funny videos here?